Last Week I cleaned up [high-view Duplicate questions](Summer Cleanup Project #1: Duplicate Review). This week I am tackling closed non-duplicate questions with over 1000 views.

Project #2: High View Closed Questions

There are currently 318 questions with over 1,000 views. There are 15 non-duplicate closed questions with over 1000 views (duplicates removed manually). These 15 questions represent almost 5% of our high-view questions (if defined as 1,000 views). Many of these questions are likely victims of the Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™, but there is the possibility that they are high views because they provide information that is valuable to users.

  1. Getting fired on the second day, how do I cope with it?
  2. When and how to fire a unproductive engineer?
  3. Does keeping one's desk extremely clean appear lazy?
  4. Is it unprofessional to play games during lunch hours?
  5. Boss does not answer questions
  6. Working late without overtime pay, good idea or not?
  7. Jokingly told my boss "I quit" on April Fools, and I think I just got fired
  8. How does a non team player answer questions about team playing
  9. Is it acceptable to use pirated software on the job?
  10. I just got a job that I can't afford to go to, how to resolve?
  11. Improving social interaction at work
  12. Stuck in boring programming jobs
  13. Is it normal for a company not to contact you after a lengthy interview to let you know you didn't get the job?
  14. Where can I go take a nap during the day?
  15. Is it discrimination when my boss treats me differently after finding out that I'm looking for a new job?

I went through each question and answer one-by-one to see:

  1. If the question is on-topic for the site
  2. If editing it would make it on-topic for the site without making the answers seem out of place
  3. If there is any valuable information in the question/answers that make it popular

Here is the general workflow:

Workflow for High-View Closed Questions

(for those of you unaware, here is the meta thread on a historical lock on meta, and here is an example)


  1. delete (maple_shaft's answer has some good info, borderline historical lock)
  2. delete (this question would have been better as, 'When is it acceptable to ask an employee to attend training outside of work hours?', but as-is it seems to be a bit beyond help)
  3. delete
  4. delete
  5. delete (goodbye 660 rep!)
  6. delete
  7. historical lock (not sure I agree with the historical lock on this, but it's already done so I can't delete vote or flag it)
  8. delete
  9. delete (Mark Booth's answer has some good info, borderline historical lock)
  10. delete
  11. delete
  12. delete
  13. delete
  14. delete (though this has an edit by Jeff Atwood himself - ran out of delete votes)
  15. delete (ran out of delete votes)

Conclusions/Next Actions

I thought there would be a lot more high-view questions with good answers, but it really does seem that a vast majority of these were doomed by the Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ -- lots of poor answers to an off-topic question that just got featured on 'hot questions'.

For those of you with 5,000 reputation, you should have a bunch of topics in the delete queue to vote on.

There are another 28 closed questions with over 500 views. There are likely some very good questions out there that got closed mistakenly, or can be reopened with minor edits. Just have to figure out how to find them.

Next I am planning on tackling "Is it appropriate/normal/appropriate if _______?" questions, as well as high-votes (not just high-views) questions.

  • "goodbye 660 rep" - that rep will likely stay with you no matter what, see Deleted posts should not influence reputation post at MSO: "you should keep the reputation for... * A score of 3 or greater * Visible on the site for at least 60 days". Score 66 > 3 and your answer is dated Mar 13, visible for more than 60 days
    – gnat
    Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 16:09

1 Answer 1


I think some of these questions can be beneficial even if they are closed.

I basically went through this list, thinking, "would I ever want to link to this question in the future?" and if the answer was "yes" I did not vote to delete.

  1. I'm torn, but this situation will come up from time to time. No vote from me
  2. I think this is a question a lot of people will have. Also no vote
  3. I actually voted to reopen this question, I've wondered about this too.
  4. Ditto. This question answer is, "depends on culture" and I think the answers do a great job of this
  5. I also think this is beneficial, we get questions periodically which have very similar elements to this one.
  6. Torn on the overtime question. I suspect this will be useful to link as there are often questions here about OT.
  7. This somehow has 10,000 views (?). I might be biased.
  8. I should have closed the latest question, on "brainsizing" as a dup of this. I'm torn on this, I actually voted to reopen. Lots of people tend to have this question.
  9. Meh. I would recommend lock on this, because again, this is a question a lot of people will have.
  10. Complete meh, here.
  11. An ok question, too poll-like. But another common workplace problem
  12. Another complete meh
  13. Definitely would rather lock than delete this one. We could probably link this to 1/2 the interview questions.
  14. Meh?
  15. Woah, 2 delete votes? This is something which also happens a lot - perhaps the title is misleading, but this also happens to a lot of people.
  • I voted "delete" when I thought the question was off-topic and not something I would ever refer someone else to. Are there really good answers in there you would want to refer someone asking about one of these topics to?
    – jmac
    Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 15:08
  • And of course your brilliant edit on #4 made me cast a reopen vote. Thanks for the sanity check!
    – jmac
    Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 23:33

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